It goes without saying that margaritas are all kinds of delicious, but if you don't have the time to make one or you simply want something a little lighter, then consider these refreshing and easy-to-make tequila cocktails. Whether it's fresh mango and OJ, kombucha and rose water, or raw honey and cucumber, these tasty drinks don't need lots of extra ingredients (or shaking, for that matter).
In addition to being ultra-refreshing, these margarita alternatives are also a breeze to make, making entertaining that much easier. So, without further ado, check out our favorite simple tequila drinks you can make on a moment's notice—and without a laundry list of steps. You're about to meet your new cocktail go-tos.
CHILI LIME MANGO MARGARITA
A chili lime mango margarita may be one of the best drinks of summer since it's refreshing with just the right amount of spice. All of the ingredients—fresh mango chunks, orange juice, limes, tequila, triple sec, hot sauce, and agave nectar—are blended until smooth. Finish with a hot sauce and chili powder rim if you so dare.
RASPBERRY ROSE TEQUILA KOMBUCHA
When we heard that only five ingredients were needed for this simple tequila drink, we were already pleased. But once we got to tasting the just-sweet-enough blend of fresh raspberries, tequila, lemon, rose water, and good-for-you kombucha, we were thrilled. Add ice and stir to get just the right chill factor.
BLOOD ORANGE THYME PALOMA
Move over, margaritas. The Paloma is the favorite of all tequila cocktails in Mexico. This take on the drink uses blood orange soda to add some exotic flavor to the mash-up of tequila, fresh lime juice, sea salt, and thyme. Pro tip: You can actually make this drink two days ahead of time and store it in the fridge in an airtight container.
CUCUMBER MARGARITA RECIPE
For a light and refreshing tequila cocktail, you can't go wrong with cucumber as the main ingredient. The veggie is blended with lime juice, then mixed up with tequila, triple sec, and organic raw honey for sweetness. Bonus: One serving of this beverage only amounts to 130 calories.
SUMMERTIME ROSÉ TEQUILA SANGRIA
Talk about a cinch—this rosé tequila sangria can be mixed up in a pitcher for easy summertime entertaining. The sangria is made with a whole bottle of rosé wine, tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, and tons of fresh fruit. When you pour a glass, top it with a splash of sparkling water or kombucha for an extra kick.
Leave it to Broma Bakery to whip up a drink the blogger calls "summer in a glass." The cocktail only contains three simple ingredients: tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime. After you mix it together, garnish it with edible flowers if you want to fancy it up.